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Bipolar Disorder: Treatment Options
Bipolar Disorder: Treatment Options
Neurofeedback is a safe and effective treatment to greatly reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with Bipolar Disorder and many other disorders. Clients typically respond to neurofeedback rapidly, with significant results noted within a few months of starting treatment.
Traditional Treatment Options:
There are a myriad of medications available as treatment options for Bipolar Disorder, many of which have numerous side effects. Your physician would be the resource for more information about this option. Medication treats the symptoms, but does not address the true cause of the disorder. Effects are typically short-term; thus, this type of treatment is often on-going, with mixed results. Many of our clients are looking for a treatment plan without medication. We will work with your doctor in reducing or eliminating medications.
Many health experts agree that improved nutrition often plays at least a limited role in relieving some symptoms in many disorders, including Bipolar Disorder, and should be included in treatment options for most people. Dallas Brain Changers can assist you in finding healthier nutritional choices and/or can guide you to an appropriate nutritional professional.
When performed alone or practiced in conjunction with medication intervention, counseling and psychotherapy is a popular and well-known Bipolar treatment. However, this form of intervention may become a long-term and expensive endeavor, often spanning many years, with widely varying results.
Dallas Brain Changers Treatment Option:
When an integrated approach is utilized, involving both counseling and neurofeedback, results are achieved exponentially, often within a few months, and are proven to be more effective and long-lasting.
Neurofeedback for Bipolar Disorder Treatment:
*Neurofeedback is an effective, non-drug, non-invasive treatment option that has been proven to permanently reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with many disorders, including Bipolar Disorder. It is a technique of operant conditioning which directly changes brain function. Neurofeedback dramatically affects arousal regulation. In so doing, this ‘brain training’ can normalize the propensity to high or low arousal as seen in the qEEG or Brain Map of those with Bipolar Disorder. Furthermore, neurofeedback directly acts on specific brain activity known to be altered in Bipolar Disorder. Neurofeedback is an option for those seeking treatment without medication.
A 12-year-old boy with signs of Bipolar Disorder has been on Concerta, Risperdal, and Zoloft for the last three years. He has trichotillomania (involuntary hair-pulling) since beginning the Concerta. He is very anxious. He is verbally inappropriate with peers. He exhibits manic sleep behavior, in that he sleeps very few hours.
At session 24, his mom has halved the Concerta dose; he is now off the Risperdal, and the Zoloft dose is being weaned down. He now sleeps. He is a happier boy, is getting better grades, and for the first time in years has eyelashes. His parents are ecstatic. The mother fired the psychiatrist last week because she (the doc) insists the kid ‘needs’ the drugs and two counseling sessions per week, which he has had for four years. But the mom observes that he had not improved at all. In fact, things had gotten much worse with this traditional therapy.
According to the mother, “Neurofeedback is the only thing he’s done which has produced positive results!”
*Interested clients are advised to make an informed choice regarding Neurofeedback therapists, since there are several treatment options available. It is advised to look for a provider who is board certified by BCIA and a member of AAPB.
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Dr. Stephanie Golder, MA, ThD, Stephen Minister, Hemispheric Life Coach
Mindy Fritz, MS, LCDC, BCN Associate Fellow